About Town

Week of Sept. 19

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

United Downtown

United Downtown will host the giant street party held the Friday before University of Florida home football games.

The events will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday and also Oct. 4 and Nov. 22 in downtown Gainesville on 1st Street between University Avenue and SE 2nd Place. It is free and open to the community.

Featured will be music, food vendors, a children's area, a beer garden and other activities.

For more information, call 352-333-0855 or email kfaenza@unitedwayncfl.org.


The deadline for parents of Alachua County students to sign them up for the free FluMist program has been extended to Sept. 30.

All pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students will be offered the immunization, which will be administered at all schools beginning in October. The immunization is in the form of a gentle nasal spray and is safe and effective.

For more information, call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7950.


Learn more about managing your medication at a community discussion.

It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace.

The topic will be "Educate Before You Medicate: Ten Questions to Ask About Your Medication." The speaker will be Fadra Henry, RPh.

For more information, call 352-334-3366.

School meals

Alachua County Public Schools is urging the parents of children who may be eligible for free and reduced priced meals to apply before the current eligibility ends on Oct. 1.

A new application is needed each school year.

Because the application process can take a couple of days, applications are due by Sept. 26 to prevent a gap in benefits.

Applications are available at each school and online at www.acpsfood.com.

Cars for Kids

Donate your vehicle to benefit "Cars for Kids."

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Southeast Car Agency at 310 NE 39th Ave. The dealership also will serve as a donation center for clothing, monetary donations, furniture, appliances, housewares, hardware and exercise equipment.

Proceeds will go to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch.

For more information, call 352-377-4373.

Authors Showcase

Get ready to attend the "Write the Vision and Make It Plain Authors Showcase 2013" of local and regional authors who will discuss their books and their inspiration.

It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Millhopper Branch Library at 3145 NW 43rd St.

The authors also will be available for book signings and a meet-and-greet session. Books also will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 352-275-3549 or email sabrienawillams@gmail.com.


The University of Florida HealthStreet program will offer a fitness bootcamp and concussion testing.

The bootcamp will be offered from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and also Sept. 26 at HealthStreet at 2401 SW Archer Road and the concussion testing will take place from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, also at HealthStreet.


Volunteers from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will offer a free lecture titled "Understanding Medicare."

It will be held from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Elder Options at 100 SW 75th St., Suite 301. Those attending are asked to bring a bag lunch.

The new open enrollment period will take place from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

Topics covered will be Medicare eligibility and enrollment, coverage issues, appeals, supplemental policies, prescription drug plans and more.

For more information, call the Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337.


GatorTRAX, a University of Florida program, will again hold sessions this fall.

The free program is designed to get students in kindergarten through 12th grade, especially minority students, interested in engineering and related fields.

Sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 in Weil Hall, Room 270 on the UF campus.

In addition to the Saturday sessions, the program also includes campus tours, mentoring and classroom instruction that will take place on Saturdays, too.

To register and for more information, visit www.ufgatortrax.com.

Warehouse play

Sibling rivalry is at the heart of "Topdog/Underdog," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play making its debut at The Actors' Warehouse.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets will be $10-$15 at the door and online at www.actorswarehouse.org.

For more information, call 352-301-5823.

Class meeting

The Lincoln High School alumni Class of 1969 will host a meeting to make plans for the 45th reunion and complete the fundraiser project.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruby's restaurant at 308 NW 5th Ave. All alumni are invited to attend, including those who began the school year at Lincoln, but ended up graduating from other county schools.

For more information call 352-373-3269.

Credit repair

Make plans to attend a free credit repair workshop.

It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday and also Sept. 26 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Topics discussed will include credit reports and credit scores, repairing your credit, understanding consumer rights, identity theft and managing debt.

For more information, call 352-334-0161.

Computer classes

The Santa Fe College Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction will offer free computer classes.

Classes are held at the Porter's Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace, Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. and Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. Space is limited to 10 each class.

On Sept. 28 at Mount Carmel, from 10-11:30 a.m., get basic help, and from 1-3 p.m., get information on LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals.

To register, call 352-381-3840 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or fax a request to 352-381-7011.

Free Fridays

The "Free Fridays" concert series continues at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza.

The concert will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday with "Heavy Petty," a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

For more information, call 352-393-8746 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

Benefit cruise

Cruise with AAMCA Inc. and Victory Casino Cruises.

The cruise will take place on Oct. 19 at a cost of $65 per person (age 21+) and will include roundtrip transportation, a snack pack, entry onboard, live entertainment, a $10 rebate voucher and buffet meal.

The first payment of $35 will be due Friday with the second and final payment of $30 due Oct. 4.

Bus pick-up will take place at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Best Buy in Butler Plaza and will return at 6:30-7 that evening.

For more information, call 646-319-8795 or 646-319-8765 or email aamcainc@yahoo.com.


When costs for natural gas, water and wastewater are added, the average GRU bill will increase from $232.40 to $249.33, for a total increase of $16.93 each month. The Guardian reported otherwise in last week's edition.


Learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, at a free informational session.

It will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. The community is invited.

For more information, call 352-363-0230 or email motiv8uofncf@yahoo.com.

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